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Devotionals

New Life Daily Devotion - July 6

The Problem with Focus

Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. - Psalm 39:4

In the winter of his ninth year, Frank Lloyd Wright was walking across a snow-covered field with his reserved, no-nonsense uncle.  As they reached the far end of the field, his uncle stopped him.  He pointed to his own tracks in the snow, straight and true as an arrow, and then to young Frank’s tracks, which meandered all over the field.

“Notice how your tracks wander aimlessly from the cattle to the woods and back again,” his uncle said. “And see how my tracks aim directly to my goal. There is an important lesson in that.”

Years later, the famous architect relayed how that experience affected his outlook on life. “I determined right then,” he said, “not to miss most things in life, as my uncle had.” Where’s your focus? Is your narrow vision of life keeping you from experiencing the world around you?

“The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

 

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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

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